“I don’t want to be inside the story of money,” comes the voice of Shôn Dale-Jones from the centre of the room. It’s a sentence that encapsulates the sentiment of his one-man show, Me and Robin Hood. By fusing clever narrative conventions with a profound message, Dale-Jones delivers a poignant piece of storytelling that looks at capitalism and the idea of making a difference in the world.
The show begins with Dale-Jones recalling a particular day during which he is forced to think seriously about social injustice. Employing his impressive narrative skill, he then seamlessly draws us into a flashback: it’s 1975, he’s seven years old, and he’s watching Robin Hood with his family. As the title suggests, English folklore’s most famous outlaw is a key figure in this performance – and his presence in the script helps Dale-Jones to make observations about economics in present-day society.
The structural inventiveness of this show is something to be marvelled at; Dale-Jones flits between time periods with ease, while also finding opportunities to interact with his audience.
There are a couple of stumbles, but Dale-Jones recovers from them well. The highlight of the show is its emotional build-up to an ending that – in a powerful and heartfelt manner – urges the audience to be courageous and stand up for positive change. As audience members are encouraged to donate to charity after the performance, Me and Robin Hood proves itself to be a unique show with brilliant intentions.
Words: Morgan Laing
Me and Robin Hood, Pleasance Dome, Aug 8-27 (not 15, 22), 4pm